In 2009 Denmark began its cooperation with Danish Centre for Culture and Development in order to promote small-scale cultural activities in Afghanistan. The three-year programme attempts to partner Danish and Afghan organisations in order to support marginalised groups as well as promote human rights and mutual respect for cultural differences and similarities between Denmark and Afghanistan.
To date the programme has consisted of a wide range of projects and activities, throughout Afghanistan, including the construction of a youth house, the setting up of cultural cafés and providing support to social and cultural panel debates and photography and music projects. This is complemented by efforts to encourage activities in sports alongside theatre and drama. The programme has an explicit focus on children, including support to the Danish and Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children and the establishment of a children’s library in cooperation with the Kabul Public Library.
In addition, Denmark has supported individual film projects, such as the acclaimed cricket film, ‘out of the ashes’.
Denmark is also supporting the Afghan NGO Skateistan. Skateistan is Afghanistan’s—and the world’s—first co-educational skateboarding school. The school engages growing numbers of urban and internally-displaced youth in Afghanistan through skateboarding, and provides them with new opportunities in cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment. Skateistan's students come from all of Afghanistan’s diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The contribution from the Danish Embassy is funding Skateistan’s daily sports and educational activities, which it currently provides to 330 Afghan girls and boys (ages 5-19) every week.
Afghan and Danish partner organisations:
Photo: Afghan skate school